Yet another deadly shooting in South Carolina, this one being the 44th shooting incident in 2015 and the fifth this month in S.C. which involved officers. A 57 year old man was shot by deputies yesterday, dying at around 9:30 p.m. as coroner Tim Carlton stated.
On Wednesday November, 11, the sheriff’s deputies of Aiken County responded to two consecutive calls in twenty minutes. They were called at 8:38 p.m. for what it seems to have been a case of domestic violence. However, after they settled the situation, the officers had to return to the house on Pine Drive after being announced that there have been gunshots.
Capt. Nick Gallam confirmed that the deputies have found an unexpected situation upon returning, namely a woman being threatened by a man with a gun. The 57 year old man named Brian Gavin reportedly did not lower his gun as asked. In the confrontation that followed, the man was shot to death, with no other casualties. Gavin died ten minutes later at his home.
From the reports it seems that the clash involved three deputies, but it is not clear how many shots were fired by Brian Gavin. The woman sustained no injuries. Up to this moment there is no information concerning the names of the three deputies but they have been placed on leave according to departmental policy. The relationship between Brian Gavin and the woman is currently unknown. At the moment, the investigations have been handed over to The State Law Enforcement Division, and the autopsy will take place in Newberry, S.C. today.
As shooting incidents involving police officers have started to happen more frequently, there will surely be consequences. The image of the police in the United States has degraded over the past years, while people blame them for avoidable deaths. At the same time, many people agree that the firearms regulation is good as it is and that everyone should be allowed to own a gun. However, the deadly shooting in South Carolina along with many others might prove otherwise and soon measures may be taken against the ownership of firearms.
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